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Poster: secret8476 Date: Aug 6, 2008 7:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77....Maybe It Is The Best

I will say that this could be labeled the best show of it's time. Cuz ya can't really compare it to the Pigpen era- where some folks might look at 2-14-70 as a pinnacle. I do wonder however, especially from some older, more wiser folks, is this; What, if any dates After 5/8/77 (more specifically, one date in the brent era and one date in the vinny era) might rank up there as being just as good for it's time? I know everyone has varying opinions as to when thier *peak* was hit- but I think up until 1991 there were some mentionable shows that may have been just as notable as 5/8/77 or 2/14/70. So, I'm talkin' something stellar post-'79 ... something that stands the test of time as well as the earlier dates. Unfortunately for me, I cannot place my finger on any one Brent date. And when it comes to Vinny- well, let's just say Bruce had to be in the mix... so mebbe a show from '91 ? But I just dunno if there's anything that really postures up to those 70's dates...maybe confirming the original poster's thoughts.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Aug 6, 2008 10:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77....Maybe It Is The Best

PS

I'm really a 73-82 kind of guy, but for later-era Brent I've always been fond of the MSG run in September 1987, the week that Touch of Grey broke the top ten. 09/18 in particular is high, high energy, and includes a couple of Jerry "La Bamba" verses in the middle of Good Lovin', plus one of my all-time favorite Morning Dew(s) - just listen to JG shred strings and vocal chords . It's not the cleanest or prettiest show they ever played but it is full of that mighty "ragged glory" energy you hear so much about, no doubt boosted by the surprise hit record. Folks who are more conversant with this era may have better choices but I really like this one ...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd87-09-18.sbd-remaster.cole.19002.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: smgarcia Date: Aug 7, 2008 9:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77....Maybe It Is The Best

I think 5/8/77 is a great show and it's part of my regular rotation of shows that I listen to. But I'm not sure it's useful to say that it's the best show of all time. I drink scotch and I often have people ask what is my favorite single malt...and it really depends on a number of things. How I'm feeling, is it early or late in the evening, what I'm eating (if any), and I'll choose a scotch from the handful that I like. I like some more than I like others, just like how I like some Dead concerts more than others.

But I rarely listen to Barton in it's entirety. I personally enjoy Jack Straw, Lazy Lightnin > Supplication, and Deal and will listen to those regularly. Also in my opinion Dancin' In The Streets is my favorite of all the ones they have played, ditto with Scarlet > Fire (although there are close rivals) and Not Fade Away. So it really depends. For instance 5/25/77 (The Mosque, Atlanta) is basically equal to 5/8/77, and I listen to 2/26/77 (Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino) more often than any other 1977 show.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Aug 7, 2008 9:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77....Maybe It Is The Best

most definitely the Mosque and Swing are two unreal shows from 77. tough to choose a "best" concert. but, even though it is passe to think this - i still believe Cornell is the best of 77 and probably all time - the stephen/nfa/stephen is stellar and unrivaled. nothing comes close for that segue (well, ok, maybe i overstate, but you know....)

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 7, 2008 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77....Maybe It Is The Best

The Mosque is Richmond; the Fox is Atlanta (and the venues are very similar in their interiors in a Moorish vibe kind of way).

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Aug 6, 2008 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77....Maybe It Is The Best

Twenty-seven odd years later, this one still does it for me. And for me it's a toss-up between Charlie Miller's board and the Glassberg aud: both are pretty crackling:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-03-09.sbd.miller.74220.sbeok.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-03-09.nak700.glassberg.motb.82373.sbeok.flac24

If that doesn't do it for you, try this one - the longest show of the 80's, with a second set that is kinda like two second sets squashed together. Monster first set too:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd80-09-06.sbd_aud.miller.25560.sbeok.shnf

I'd like to know if anyone has a similar recommendation for the Bruce/Vince era. I return to 09-10-1991 over and over again because of Bruce and Branford, but there must be some great shows that are "just" the band with no guests ...

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Poster: Morning Dewd Date: Aug 6, 2008 12:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77....Maybe It Is The Best

I remember this one as a standout from the Vince era, I think anyway. I rarely go beyond '74 these days.http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-06-17.sbd.gardner.3591.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Aug 6, 2008 3:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5/8/77....Maybe It Is The Best

ooooh, yes, that show - "Dark Star tease" night. This is one mighty show, and I know it well. I kick myself sometimes for being such a close-minded little know-it-all @$$hole in the early 90's, and not ever seeing them with Bruce, because they became something new and even more exceptional when he was around.

This post was modified by fenario80 on 2008-08-06 22:18:57